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Sunday, May 15, 2011
It was ten years ago that Brian De Palma filmed a portion of Femme Fatale in Cannes, immediately following the close of the Cannes Film Festival with a recreation of a film premiere, during which an elaborate heist is performed. Yesterday, Randomaniac posted a piece in which he calls Femme Fatale "De Palma's signature film." Randomaniac continues, "In no other movie does he have such free reign over his scenario. His script reaches far beyond absurdity into realms of the subconscious where the borders between dream and truth become insignificant, and his rapturous, James Bondish fetish for technogadgetry make the film one of the more surreal expressions of fantasy in cinema." The post is accompanied by several wonderfully large frames from the opening section of the film.

It was Melanie Griffith who encouraged her husband, Antonio Banderas, to work with De Palma on Femme Fatale, and now the happy couple are in Cannes, celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary (they are pictured here from last Wednesday in Cannes). "They said when we got married we wouldn’t last three months," Banderas joked to Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman. "But we knew they were wrong." Friedman reveals that Banderas is "getting ready to produce a series pilot for Melanie called Neurasthenia.”

Meanwhile,it was announced last week that Banderas' production company, Green Moon, is teaming up with Femme Fatale producer Tarak Ben Ammar's Quinta Communications, along with Vertice 360 to produce Banderas' next two films. Banderas will produce and star in the alliance's first film, Automata, a futuristic story that will shoot in in Tunisia and Egypt at the end of this year, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Then in 2012, Banderas will produce, direct, and act in Solo, playing a recently returned soldier suffering post-traumatic syndrome. Solo is based on an original story by Band Of Brothers' Erik Jendresen.

Aside from all of that, Banderas stars in Pedro Almodóvar's highly anticipated horror film, The Skin I Live In, which has its world premiere at Cannes this Thursday.

Posted by Geoff at 5:15 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, May 15, 2011 5:16 PM CDT
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Monday, May 16, 2011 - 6:56 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

Come on, okay, I liked FEMME FATALE but a cult-masterpiece it is not. Visually it's a distinctive De Palma film with all it's stylistic inventions through the masterful visual planning. Story-wise it's pretty conventional with a complex visual narrative to what is a divine intervention conclusion to characters without any moral responsibilty. De Palma delves into a subconscious story that does not have the dark, complex sensibility of David Lynch's MULHOLLAND DRIVE or LOST HIGHWAY. Those two movies can be labelled as true masterpieces! FEMME FATALE like most De Palma films deal with techno-gadgetry elements within a De Palma movie. The three best examples of this type of techno genre are THE CONVERSTION, BLOW OUT and SNEAKERS. FEMME FATALE is an enjoyable De Palma fantasy but falls way below the title of masterpiece.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 1:38 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

FEMME FATALE is a brilliantly paced symphony about the mysterious and divine capture of lightning in a bottle. It is a masterpiece.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 7:52 PM CDT

Name: "anon"

Hopefully PASSION has a touch of FEMME FATALE about it.

Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 10:27 PM CDT

Name: "joanna "
Home Page: http://www.scorpiooreilly.proboards.com/index.cgi

  Hi! Cool Greetings from Phantom Central (aka WINNIPEG). First off, re: "Cannes, 10 years after Femme Fatale", WHAT in the WORLD is that woman 'wearing'?!?!  Pardon the language, but it looks like something from a B porn Sci-fi flick, "Sluts on Mars", And to think, I get embarrassed if I wear shorts after forgetting to shave my legs!

      But forgetting that,  I'm working on some Phantom of the Paradise based fan (or PHAN) fiction and a friend told me that I should consider trying to publish. Well, apart from the fact that it's not nearly ready yet, there's the matter of legalities.  Do you know of anyone in Mr. DePalma's business contacts who would be able to talk to him about this so I could get permission or advice? 


        Joanna Laughing



Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 1:33 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

Hi, Joanna-- no, I'm sorry, but I don't know who you might talk to about the legalities involved. If I come up with something, I'll let you know.

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